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July 16, 2010

The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), the Republic of Singapore frigate Steadfast (FFG 70), the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) and the Republic of Singapore corvette Vigilance (90) line up during a surface gunnery exercise.

US Navy

Navy Weighs Ship’s Design, Along With Its Own Future (LCS).

The Answer Is the Carrier Strike Group . . . Now, What Was the Question?

Northrop confirms it will close Avondale shipyard. More.

US, South Korean Naval Exercises Postponed.

U.S. Navy Taking Lead in Missile Defense.

American SSGNs Prowl The Pacific.

The ship that can escort itself.

Retired amphibious assault ship New Orleans sunk in wargames.

Truman Carrier Strike Group Strengthens International Ties.

The U.S. Navy And Internal Rot.


Warships of the World

World’s largest naval military exercise underway in Pacific. More.

China Bristles at Prospect of U.S. Aircraft Carrier in the Yellow Sea.

India plans multi-billion dollar submarine buy. More.

Chinese Sub Sailors Stop Starving.

UK Trident replacement may be cut to three boats.

British Defence Secretary announces ‘horror’ spending review.

Canadian shipyards gear up for building boom.

Canada to Build 2 Navy Supply Ships for C$2.6 Billion.

Coastal defence won’t suffer from cuts: Canadian navy.


New Wars at Sea

Radars – A revolution in coastal surveillance.

‘Nanotube speakers’ pave way for silent stealth submarines.

IDF to blame navy in scathing report on Gaza flotilla raid.

N.Korean Propaganda Poster Hints at Cheonan Sinking.

The latest large armed ocean patrol vessels. (Gallery)

Naval presence cuts pirate attacks in Gulf of Aden.

Warships fail to stop Somali pirates.


From the Navy Vaults

John Paul Jones, father of U.S. Navy, turns 263. (SeaCoast Online)

Oliver Hazard Perry and the Frontier Fleet. (HistoryNet)

The cruiser that refused to die: the USS San Francisco. (Sea Classics)

WWI British Navy. (War and Game)

Dreadnought – First Sea Lord Sir John Fisher. (War and Game)

Japanese Submarines to Germany. (Submersible Boiler to Silent Sea-Wolves)

Funding to save USS Iowa hits bottom. (Des Moines Register)

Piracy in the Thames. (Paulines Pirates & Privateers)

On Barbary Shores. (Paulines Pirates & Privateers)

The Stokers Are Working Hard to Keep Things Running. (Royal Navy)

Canada’s Merchant Navy: The Men That Saved The World. (Legion Magazine)

Canadian navy deserves our thanks for 100 years of exemplary service. (Calgary Herald)

The future of flying submarines. (Helium)


11 Comments leave one →
  1. Chuck Hill permalink
    July 16, 2010 5:35 pm

    “China Bristles at Prospect of U.S. Aircraft Carrier in the Yellow Sea.”

    First the Chinese are probably pushing this to get their own people to support a naval build up.

    When they really do approach peer status, they will want to have their ships in our EEZ.

    And of course, it is the ships you don’t see that can really hurt you.

  2. Mike Burleson permalink*
    July 16, 2010 5:24 pm

    We give HMS Ardent and her brave crew homage here! Thanks guys.

  3. July 16, 2010 5:01 pm

    Yes but I think Ardent is very much the forgotten frigate of the Falklands War. Everybody remembers Sheffield (lost due to technical problems and lack AEW,) Coventry (due to RN not having adequate AAW systems,) Antelope (massive explosion from UXB,) etc. etc.

    But brave Ardent barely gets a mention.

    I regret not visiting the Pakistani Type 21 at the 2005 Festival of the Sea.

  4. D. E. Reddick permalink
    July 16, 2010 4:36 pm

    Lest we forget, there was the A-class destroyer HMS Ardent (H-41) which was in the company of HMS Acasta (H09) and the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious when all were sunk by the German warships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Ardent and Acasta put up a Hell of a fight against two much more immensely powerful fast/light battleships or battlecruisers.

  5. July 16, 2010 3:34 pm

    Scott said “A *revolution* that could make the entire Paleo-Burlesonian Fleet with its corvettes, FACs and other HSVs obsolete with the stroke of a pen…”

    The phrase you Scott are grasping for is “target rich environment”

    A couple of things re the Trident link. Mike you should tag anything from the BBC. They are so left leaning that a good chunk of their output could be classed as propaganda.

    BUT saying that I watched an excellent BBC program about the building of Astute up in windswept Barrow-in-Furness. I have a lot of affection for the people of that little town. What it does bring home is just what an achievement it is to build an SSN. (Well it would it bring it home to me if I already didn’t know!) It is a shame that the programme was shown on the BBC’s main “serious” channel BBC2 and would probably have been only watched by a section of the population who don’t need convincing about defence. It did show the importance of training young people in trades and the dependence of the town on the yard. What it didn’t quite explain was how much commercial activity within the UK as a whole is dependent on BAE Barrow. And for these reasons alone we need to build 4 SSBNs to replace the current Vanguards.

    Somewhere else on the site I commented about their Lordships’ choices for names for the last Astute class submarines. I said it was a shame that one of the boats wasn’t to be named Ardent after the plucky frigate that was tethered goat at the San Carlos landings. Ardent and her some of her brave crew were sacrificed because the task force lacked sufficient AAW capability. We sort of takes me back in tangential way to Scott’s comment.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    July 16, 2010 11:57 am


    Interesting idea, but as it can’t go UNDERwater it isn’t really a submarine just an armored airship.


  7. Fencer permalink
    July 16, 2010 11:31 am

    Heretic, from my calculations the US Navy will decommission 162 ships over that time period. So while it may not reach 313 ships the fleet will grow slightly.

  8. Heretic permalink
    July 16, 2010 10:33 am

    re: Navy Weighs Ship Design

    Interesting little graphic at the bottom of that article showing planned purchases:
    6 CVN
    12 SSBN
    66 LCS
    20 Amphibs
    44 SSN
    50 DDG

    Pricing those out you find:
    6 CVN @ $10B each = 60
    12 SSBN @ $8B each = 96
    66 LCS @ $0.6B each = 39.6
    20 Amphibs @ $2.5B each (average of LHA and LPD plus LPD fixes) = 50
    44 SSN @ $2.5B each = 110
    50 DDG @ $2B each = 100

    Result: ~ $455.6 billion dollars over 30 years … averaging … $15.187 billion per year. That would only add 198 new build hulls over 30 years. How are you supposed to reach 313 hulls when you only build 198 new hulls, and most of the existing fleet, aside from a few CVNs and DDGs will all have been retired by then? Heck, not even all of the 66 LCS would be expected to remain in service for the entire 30 year span!

    198 * 1.58 = 313

    Methinks the Navy is bad at math. :(

  9. July 16, 2010 8:20 am

    Ironic that the article about Flying Submarines comes from a publication named “Helium”; for, therein lies the answer……. Helium! I’ve often described rigid shelled, (NOT BLIMPS) amphibious, solar powered airships as being a meld of stealth bomber and nuclear submarine; or “flying submarine”.

    Instead of glorified balloons, one must come to picture modern Navy airships as something akin to a B-2 that has been enlarged by a factor of three times (with some “thickening” of the body of the craft sufficient to hold helium in volume; and which flies in ground effect with an assist from helium……..A craft that can use jet engines to fly to 150kts, yet hover. Stealthy; constructed out of RAM; and, able to land on water. And of a size that enables very large payloads; of both offensive and defensive weapons.

    With the intrinsic ability to fly without using power due to helium lift; combined with a hull that is large enough to enable it to use solar power; this modern Navy airship type would have no range or linger-on-station ability; just as a nuclear submarine.

    An ideal blue water/green water/brown water…..NO WATER/ice Navy asset…

    The tech is readily available, and proven. The costs are far less than other traditional vessels.

    “flying submarines” indeed!

  10. Mike Burleson permalink*
    July 16, 2010 7:38 am

    Scott, not as long as carriers, destroyers, frigates, and submarines keeping pushing and breaching the billion-dollar mark. Practicality and the shrinking budgets are in our favor!

  11. Scott B. permalink
    July 16, 2010 6:55 am

    Mike Burleson said : “Radars – A revolution in coastal surveillance.”

    A *revolution* that could make the entire Paleo-Burlesonian Fleet with its corvettes, FACs and other HSVs obsolete with the stroke of a pen…

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